The Golden State Warriors find themselves in the loser column without an NBA season. After paying an NBA record $450 million for the team in the summer of 2010, owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber can't afford to be set back by fan apathy that would accompany a year-long stoppage.
Sure, a revamped economic system would lower costs, but whatever the final deal is won't save them that much. Lacob and Guber paid a premium for a team that, frankly, hasn't been that successful because of the team's location. They've brought in Jerry West, a new coach in Mark Jackson and the thinking is the revamp can help them make the numbers work. A year away from the court would be brutal.